Warren County: Winkler retains Carlisle mayor seat, Carlisle council incumbents defeated

Incumbent Randy Winkler easily defeated challenger Tim Humphries to be Carlisle’s mayor in a rematch of an election eight years ago.

Winkler finished with 72 percent of the vote to Humphries’ 28 percent, according to unofficial results from the Warren County Board of Elections.

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In 2011, Winkler defeated Humphries, 62.7 percent to 37.3 percent, or about 500 votes. Winkler was unopposed when he ran for re-election in 2015.

The mayor of Carlisle serves a four-year term and is paid $7,200 a year.

Winkler had said he wants to recruit veterans to raise the funds for the proposed village veterans memorial and improve security by expanding the police department so that there are at least two patrol officers on the streets for all three shifts.

After Humphries was defeated in 2011, he has ran unsuccessful races in 2013 and 2015 before winning a four-year term back on Carlisle Village Council in 2017. Humphries was fourth in a five-way race that included a write-in candidate that he beat by 43 votes in 2017.

Humphries’ previous four-year term as mayor included a controversy, an attempted recall and court actions. He was exonerated in 2010 of charges that he downloaded 224 sexually explicit photos onto his city-owned computer after a forensic examination of the computer showed the images were created prior to him taking possession of it in January 2008.

In 2009, Humphries faced felony and misdemeanor charges stemming from an alleged road rage incident during which he reportedly threatened an 18-year-old motorist with a souvenir Cincinnati Reds baseball bat. Those charges were later dropped.

In 201o, Humphries also filed a $6.5 million civil suit, the equivalent of Carlisle’s general fund budget for one year, against the village in U.S. District Court in Cincinnati. He alleged city officials and others engaged in a civil conspiracy against him and sued for defamation, libel, slander, false light, false and malicious prosecution, wrongful interference with employment, breach of contract, negligence, abuse of police powers, unlawful search and seizure, federal civil rights violations and civil conspiracy.

The case was dismissed in 2013 as having no merit. His case eventually moved to the U.S. Sixth District Court of Appeals in Cincinnati where the lower court’s decision was affirmed in February 2014 in favor of the village. The village incurred legal costs of about $400,000 defending itself in the federal courts, according to previous news reports. His federal lawsuits also were a factor in higher premiums for the village’s liability insurance for a period of time.

Carlisle village council

In the race for Carlisle Village Council, both incumbents Nicholas Lamb and Barbara Tankersley were defeated by their challengers, Debbie Kemper and Chris Stivers.

Stivers finished with 32 percent of the vote, followed by Kemper with 30 percent, Lamb’s 18 percent and Tankersley’s 16 percent.

Tankersley and Lamb were seeking full four-year terms after being appointed during the past two years to fill vacancies created by the resignations of former councilmen James Lickliter and Jonathan McEldowney.

Members of Carlisle Village Council serve four-year terms and are paid $3,600 a year.

Franklin city council

There were four people running for the four seats on Franklin City Council. Paul Ruppert Jr. and Brent Centers were the top vote-getters with 26 percent, followed by Todd Hall’s 25 percent and Debbie Fouts’ 24 percent.

Franklin Twp. trustee

In the race for Franklin Twp. Trustee, incumbent Brian Morris held his seat after he defeated two challengers.

Morris received 43 percent of the vote, followed by Bill Taggart’s 37 percent and Tony Workman’s 20 percent.

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